Thank you, Subhashish and everyone else involved. I know you all have put in considerable efforts. It's inspiring to note that 30-35 people attended your workshop. That's pretty impressive! It's great to see that you folks have set in motion ongoing outreach and content contribution activities - beyond the the workshop day.
It'll be really interesting and useful to see how those who attended this session are getting along. If I could request you to share an update every once in a while, I think it'll tell a fascinating tale. All the very best to all those in the Odia Wikipedia community. Hisham Mundol India Programs - Wikimedia Foundation http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_-_India_Programs skype: hisham.wikimedia gtalk: hmun...@wikimedia.org twitter: @mundol On Apr 4, 2011, at 3:41 PM, Subhashish Panigrahi wrote: > Hi, here is the report of the 2nd Odia Wikipedia Workshop, Bhubaneswar, > 2011April03 > > The 2nd Odia Wikipedia Academy has been organized on 3April 2011 at Bharatiya > Vidya Bhavan, Bhubaneswar. This was the first outreach academy of Odia > Wikipedia in Odisha to bring an awareness andmotivate common mass from > different educational and social background. Odia Wikipedia was started way > back in 2002 and was one of the four Indian languages, Asamese, Malayalam, > Odia, Punjabi. But because of the lack of proper awareness and activism there > was a snail movement for almost 8 years. Shiju introduced Odia Wiki projects > to many fellow Odias which later motivated them to bring the Wiki movement > back to the first Odia Wikipedia Academy, conducted in Bengaluru on. Odia > Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia in Odia language to make knowledge > available freely for masses. > > Dhanada Mishra of Human Resource Development Management Studies has formally > inaugurated this event. A FAQ Booket was released by and distributed among > the first time participants of the Wikipedia Workshop. Wikipedians Shiju Alex > and Tinu Cherian were also took > > active part in facilitating the event. The workshop was conducted by Odia > Wikiali (Odia version of an Wikipedian/User) Subha Pa. The whole > Academy/Workshop was conducted in 2 main sections, Subha introduced Odia > Wikipedia to the audience, said about the history and the development and > current status. The second session was focused on how to type in Odia using > the transliteration/Inscript tool which was newly incorporated, solving > typing issues, searching existing articles, creating articles and editing for > enhancement of old article. In this session he has demonstrated how to add > content using the commonly used syntaxes, adding pictures and other media > files. This was an interactive session where the audience interacted with the > demonstrator and each other and several discussions went on based on the > major issues. Several participants from from the nearby management colleges, > engineering students, entrepreneurs, college students have also participated. > At the end of the session a lotion based core group of active users was > formed which will be promoting the Wikipedia movement and bringing more and > more contributors to enhance it, make it more user friendly and make it reach > to masses. Contributors came with several suggestions such as motivating more > and more students and freelancers to contribute and also monitor the ongoing > activities and discussing them through the mailing list of Odia Wikipedia. [ > http://bit.ly/ormail ]. More and more such activism are expected in the > coming future with the involvement of people who are eager for the > development of Odia language on web. Odia Wikipedia can be accessed at > or.wikipedia.org and the Facebook page for Odia Wikipedia is > facebook.com/OdiaWiki > > As of now there are 700 articles in Odia Wikipedia, but many of them are to > be enhanced with more information and references. There was a discussion > about how to build a strong community to enhance the articles in both quality > and standard wise, stop vandalism and monitor the activities. > > Photos • In News • Facebook > > > ସୁଭପାSubhashishPanigrahi > ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଉଇକିପିଡ଼ିଆ > _______________________________________________ > Wikipedia Odia (Oriya) mailing list > wikipedia...@lists.wikimedia.org > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikipedia-or > facebook.com/OdiaWiki > Tweet @OdiaWiki > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimediaindia-l mailing list > Wikimediaindiaemail@example.com > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l
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